RIP Aretha Franklin ‘Queen of Soul’, dies aged 76
We all say a little prayer today for you
(You Make Me Feel Like) A Natural Woman
1967 Aretha Franklin co-written by Carole King and Gerry Goffin, with input from Atlantic producer Jerry Wexler.
so sad today …. with all our love from the Educational CyberPlayGround
Foreign interests have spent over $530 million influencing US policy, public opinion since 2017 Today we’re making available, for the first time, a searchable database of foreign interests spending on lobbying and influence in the United States. Foreign lobbyists and other operatives acting on behalf of foreign interests wield a significant amount of power, impacting economic and diplomatic policies as well as public opinion. The law that governs most foreign influence disclosure requirements, the Foreign Agent Registration Act (FARA), requires any foreign agent or lobbyist representing a foreign principal to register with the U.S. Department of Justice and file detailed public disclosures.
Lifehacker: How to Find and Delete Your Google Maps History.
“You may think you’ve turned Google’s location tracking history off, but according to a new Associated Press report released today, you might be wrong.” https://lifehacker.com/how-to-find-and-delete-your-google-maps-history-1828312219
MakeUseOf: How to Create an RSS Feed for Your Site >From Scratch. “While RSS feed and feed readers aren’t quite as popular as they used to be, RSS are still important for your site visitors who want to be notified whenever your page updates. In addition, RSS feeds can be used in a number of ways to promote your content using social media. Let’s first have a look at how to create an RSS feed for your site from scratch.”
Public archives: more relevant today than ever
There has been a lot of noise recently about information distortion and its effects on democracy. So what better time to raise the importance of historical literacy and public archives? In gathering and promoting primary source material, archives play an essential role in modelling literacy skills and critical thinking. In analyzing this material and producing modest, reasonable conclusions, researchers aim to understand complex issues and to engage the public in the discussion. These skills are crucial tools in a democracy.
Open Culture: Hear Singers from the Metropolitan Opera Record Their Voices on Traditional Wax Cylinders Vinyl is back in a big way. They can’t get enough of that warm analog sound.
Gemini is now the worlds first licensed zcash exchange May 19th customers will be able to start depositing Zcash into their Gemini accounts.
Windows Exploitation Tricks: Exploiting Arbitrary Object Directory Creation for Local Elevation of Privilege
This time I’ll detail how I was able to exploit Issue 1550 which results in an arbitrary object directory being created by using a useful behavior of the CSRSS privileged process. Once again by detailing how I’d exploit a particular vulnerability I hope that readers get a better understanding of the complexity of the Windows operating system as well as giving Microsoft information on non-memory corruption exploitation techniques so that they can mitigate them in some way.
Donald Trump’s Campaign Is Writing Out Strange Checks
http://wallstreetonparade.com/2018/08/donald-trumps-campaign-is-writing-out-strange-checks/ By Pam Martens and Russ Martens: August 8, 2018 ~
One would think that if you are the President of the United States and the subject of a criminal investigation; and your former campaign chief is currently on trial for tax evasion and bank fraud; and your former personal attorney for a decade had his office, […]
The $4 Trillion Answer to Why Turkey Is Rattling Wall Street Banks and Insurers
On Friday the Dow Jones Industrial Average closed with a loss of 196 points as contagion jitters from Turkey’s worsening situation rattled markets. Among the big Wall Street banks, these were the biggest losers: Citigroup, down 2.39 percent; Morgan Stanley, down 2.12 percent; Goldman Sachs, down […]
Meet Dark Money’s Secret $68 Million Donor
By Pam Martens and Russ Martens: August 14, 2018 ~
In 2010 we broke the news that a secretive nonprofit called Donors Capital Fund (with the fingerprints of billionaire Charles Koch all over it) had forked over $17,778,600 to fund a widely distributed race-baiting film in the weeks before the 2008 election – an election in […]
Digital footprints of the past: An online archive of Native history What if you could view a vast archive of your family’s history and your cultural records from your living room? What if you could talk back to that archive and correct its spellings, annotate its histories? What if you could share your research, write your own histories, and upload these documents and photos to a shared living narrative?
Howard University: The Hilltop Digital Archive is now available on Digital Howard! “Phase one of The Hilltop Digital Archive is now available online! The digital archive is a comprehensive searchable collection of The Hilltop, the student newspaper at Howard University. Founded in 1924 by famed author Zora Neale Hurston, the paper has documented the voice of the student population on campus. Issues covered in the newspaper range from campus concerns to national and international issues.”
Hallberg set to make beautiful music at Sperryville dulcimer museum
In 1998, John Hallberg picked up his first Appalachian dulcimer. He and some friends were in a shop on Howard Street in Ocracoke on North Carolina’s Outer Banks when he spied several instruments made by a local luthier (a maker of stringed instruments). “They each had ducks [carved] on the scroll, and one of them had a jumping dolphin,” said Hallberg in an interview. “I thought, ‘I’ll get the jumping dolphin and next year I’ll come back and get one with a duck head.’ I went back a couple of years later. The guy who had made the dulcimers had died. All the duck dulcimers had been sold and now I’m on [a search] for those duck dulcimers.”
A Generation Grows Up in China Without Google, Facebook or Twitter.
“Wei Dilong, 18, who lives in the southern Chinese city of Liuzhou, likes basketball, hip-hop music and Hollywood superhero movies. He plans to study chemistry in Canada when he goes to college in 2020. Mr. Wei is typical of Chinese teenagers in another way, too: He has never heard of Google or Twitter. He once heard of Facebook, though. It is ‘maybe like Baidu?’ he asked one recent afternoon, referring to China’s dominant search engine.”